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 Dictionary entry overview: What does grimace mean? 

GRIMACE (noun)
  The noun GRIMACE has 1 sense:

1. a contorted facial expression

  Familiarity information: GRIMACE used as a noun is very rare.

GRIMACE (verb)
  The verb GRIMACE has 1 sense:

1. contort the face to indicate a certain mental or emotional state

  Familiarity information: GRIMACE used as a verb is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

GRIMACE (noun)

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A contorted facial expression

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents


grimace; face

Context example:

she made a grimace at the prospect

Hypernyms ("grimace" is a kind of...):

facial expression; facial gesture (a gesture executed with the facial muscles)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "grimace"):

moue; pout; wry face (a disdainful grimace)

GRIMACE (verb)

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Contort the face to indicate a certain mental or emotional state

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care


grimace; make a face; pull a face

Context example:

He grimaced when he saw the amount of homework he had to do

Hypernyms (to "grimace" is one way to...):

communicate; intercommunicate (transmit thoughts or feelings)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "grimace"):

squinch; squint (cross one's eyes as if in strabismus)

wince (make a face indicating disgust or dislike)

smile (change one's facial expression by spreading the lips, often to signal pleasure)

frown; glower; lour; lower (look angry or sullen, wrinkle one's forehead, as if to signal disapproval)

screw up (twist into a strained configuration)

mop; mow; pout (make a sad face and thrust out one's lower lip)

Sentence frame:

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